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Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe originally introduced the Cybersecurity Bill of 2009 to howls of protest over a provision in the legislation that would give the president the unprecedented authority to shut down the Internet for national security reasons. Rockefeller and Snowe retreated and redrafted but still left the issue much in doubt.
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
At the end of the day, I fall on the side that says no to an internet kill switch.
Originally posted by Kryties
I don't think it's actually possible to "shut down the Internet". Considering it is a large network of connected computers I would think that the best they could hope for is firewalling the US off from the rest of the world and shutting down the backbone connections which would only really succeed in interrupting the Internet within the US - and probably not all that much at that.
[edit on 22/9/2009 by Kryties]
Originally posted by ANNED
Right now if you shut down the internet the US power grid would go down along with the banking system.